Sixth grade, guys.


and this one, 8th grade…


42 thoughts on “Whoa.

    • Kevin – you think? Why? I mean… in my presentation, I talked about the fact that students don’t need to graduate high school knowing how to throw a pot. As an arts educator, I sometimes feel like I have to advocate for – or even justify – my subject’s place in the curriculum at the high school level, let alone the elementary. What do you think?

    • We do have a glaze called ‘Saturation Gold.’ It produces a similar effect; however, the uneven application typical of beginning glazers frequently causes this glaze to run. A lot.

    • See my post above about ‘Saturation Gold.’ I’d be willing to pull it back out – we’d just have to be really careful about how we use it.

  1. Its incredible to see the youth of our nation accomplish this. I bet these kids are going to go somewhere in life. Not just because they can throw a great pot but because to be that young and have the foresight and patience to do that is something truly special.

    • Foresight and patience. It seemed to be the overwhelming opinion of our classes that creativity can’t be taught. But can foresight and patience be taught?

  2. In the second one, it looks like theres holes (i don’t know what to call them) in the piece and I remember Mr. Maguire showing us his piece where he messed up but turned it into a very cool piece. This got me thinking that this person could have maybe poked a hole in it and turned it into a magnificent piece.

    • No holes – but clay sculpted to sort of give the impression of screws.
      I think that making the best of “accidents” is part of what drives us to be creative in the studio!

  3. I wish i had started ceramics at those ages. Imagine the skill these kids are going to have after taking ceramics through high school. I wonder how much this experience with ceramics has impacted their outlook on life. Could we be looking at the next Chris Staley? Impossible.

    • Yes – but remember, Staley didn’t touch clay until high school. It’s a great question, to consider how/whether this experience has impacted the outlook of these students. I wonder if they are the ‘standouts’ in their classes, or if this is typical of the work that is produced?

  4. I really wish I could have taken ceramics before this year. Some of the work here is incredible, done by kids younger than me! Starting earlier can really help kids learn more and become better at ceramics later, and I think these kids have already done that! These kids will be extremely skilled a few years from now.

  5. The first one gives a happy feel because of all the colors, and the second one has a really awesome shine that draws my attention in.

  6. And the first one looks like it has a large but very thin handle and spout, wonder how they stabilized them when putting them on the body

  7. The first piece has a very interesting mix of colors and appears to be well crafted. Definitely better than anything I would have been capable of in the 6th grade

  8. that teapot is so cool it looks like bricks stacked on top of each other and the clay looks exactly like metal i wonder what glaze he used?

  9. Why couldn’t I have started that young? It’s great to see younger kids getting involved in ceramics and being rewarded by having their work displayed at an event the NCECA. What would be a way where we could help get middle school students involved in ceramics before they enter high school?

  10. Pretty cool to see kids at that young of age making pots like that. Kinda wish i started in 6th grade.

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